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7 accused in Rohtak Nepali woman rape and murder case sentenced to death

Gorkha Post

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NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Monday sentenced seven men to death after they were indicted the rape and murder of a Nepali woman suffering from mental illness, reports said.

Rohtak Court announced death by hanging to 7 accused in the case. A minor accused in the case is being tried in a juvenile court while a ninth suspect had committed suicide earlier.

After hearing arguments over the quantum of punishment, additional district and sessions judge Seema Singhal also imposed a fine of Rs 1.75 lakh each on the convicts, Padam, Pawan, Sunil, Sarwar, Rajesh, Sunil and Manbir, all in their twenties.

“Besides a judicial officer, I am also a human being and can hear the cry of the victim. Women are still facing crime and discrimination from males in our society and we still see gender bias in our system, but the judgment should send a strong message to the people and that is the need of the hour,” justice Singhal said.

A 28-year-old Nepali woman staying with her sister in Rohtak went missing on February 1. She was receiving treatment for mental illness at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences. Her mutilated body was found on February 4; the post-mortem report said pieces of condom and a stick was also found in her private parts. Her head had been bashed in, her private part; rectum and anus were all ruptured.

When the body was discovered, its two hands and left half of the body were missing.

“I got relief from the court’s decision, but the soul of my sister will rest in peace when the accused will be hanged to death,” the victim’s sister said after the verdict.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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